The latest rankings on how well every state takes care of the elderly, supports family struggles

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  • citygrrl SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    April 25, 2018 1:41 p.m.

    It is really hard to care for an elderly loved one. I did for several years (although I held down a full-time job) and I had an understanding boss, my mother was mentally sharp, I had a sibling to help and my mom had a lot of money, but emotionally it almost broke me. It was a lonely and heartbreaking experience.

    Making decisions about whether to move to a facility, which facility, keeping track of doctor appointments, trying to figure it all out was a constant source of stress. I don't think more government help for our situation would have done anything, but I fully support Medicaid help for those with little means. The quality of care of the elderly is the mark of a compassionate and highly evolved society. It's what we should aim for.

    And what I wouldn't give to do it all again, just to spend one day with my mother!

  • RBRoberts Seattle, WA
    June 14, 2017 9:21 p.m.

    Hi Lois!
    This is a very informative article. And, to a great extent I agree with both you and Sharon. I'll be in that number (as may be allowed) when 2026 arrives.

    But then, I see a grievous pattern of over-reliance on government. It's a pattern of spending, exponentially, into the future. It's a given that the lower the income bracket, the greater the impact on those whom are economically less fortunate.

    Yet, I see that this sort of demand is greater than what our government can presently and reasonably bear in terms of dollars. We need a Canadian model. In terms of healthcare, I find it to be the most accommodating and the most sophisticated in the world.

    In this wise, I see that our efforts are far more realistic when they're towards voting in a semblance to the Canadian model. Granted that the cost of living there is a lot more expensive. However, the burden is on business and the people who work for these businesses to fill in what otherwise would be the "gap" we've got.

    Summarily, although this will really be a "strain" on the use of our income as we've become accustomed, the benefits to our seniors, and to our government, outweigh our being lighter in the pockets.

  • Dibs Alpine, UT
    June 14, 2017 9:36 a.m.

    Having lived in two of the top 5 states as well as Utah, I seriously doubt the accuracy of this report. It would be interesting to see who the background of the organization that did this report.